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Pathogens Webinar | Blood Parasites in Asia: Trends, Problems and Solutions

10 Jun 2022, 10:00 (CEST)

Blood Parasites, Zoonoses, Parasitosis, Vectorborne Parasites, Molecular and Immunological Diagnostics
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9th Pathogens Webinar

Blood Parasites in Asia: Trends, Problems and Solutions

Blood parasites tremendously affect humans and animals causing morbidity, mortality, welfare issues and can be transmitted as zoonosis through arthropod vectors, which themselves create their own burden for millions of lives having huge social and economic impacts. Furthermore, multiple infections make diagnosis and treatments more challenging and many blood parasites have counter-reacted to host immune defense and attack mechanisms. Some parasites are developing resistance to drugs or evolved to mutate and survive in their host.

This webinar will be part of the launch of a Special Issue in the journal Pathogens

We hope to see many of you at this webinar.

Date: 10 June 2022

Time: 10:00am CEST | 5:00am EDT | 5:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 896 7460 6615

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Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Prof. Olivier Sparagano received his BSc and MSc from the University of Paris VII, France, his MRes from the University Blaise Pascal, France, and his PhD from the Institut Pasteur and the University Lyon I, France. Before joining City University of Hong Kong, he was the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Professor of Animal Health and Biotechnology at Coventry University, UK. Prior to this appointment, he was the Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University, UK. Olivier is a Chartered Biologist, a Fellow of the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (of which he was the President several times), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and an Associate Member of the Royal Society for Chemistry. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers and over 400 conference abstracts. He has been working on animal diseases, zoonotic pathogens and vector-borne issues for over two decades.

Invited Speakers

Office of the Research Coordination, University of the East,
Institute of Biology, College of Science, University of the Philippines Diliman,
Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Manila,
College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila,
Graduate School, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay

Dr. Lydia R. Leonardo is part of the Parasitology Research Group of the Institute of Biology, University of the Philippines Diliman that is involved in highly collaborative researches on schistosomiasis, food-borne helminthiases, and other parasitic infections. Dr. Leonardo is currently the president of the Philippine Society of Parasitology, Inc. and the secretary of the Regional Network on Asian Schistosomiasis and other Helminthic Zoonoses (RNAS+). She received the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology Lourdes Campos Award for Public Health for 2021. She is also a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Schistosomiasis and Soil-transmitted Helminthiases of the WHO.

Chair, Department of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Arve Lee Willingham currently serves as Professor and Chair of the United Arab Emirates University’s Department of Veterinary Medicine. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, USA. Following four years of private veterinary practice he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Veterinarian (1990-1992) in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco where he developed an interest in parasitic zoonoses of both public health and agricultural importance in developing countries. This interest led to Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship (1993) and PhD (1994-1997) study programs on zoonotic schistosomiasis at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark. From 1997-2010 Dr Willingham was involved in projects in Africa funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) aimed at strengthening research capacity on parasitic diseases of livestock belonging to small-scale farmers during which he was seconded by DANIDA to the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to work with their project on human health impacts of livestock keeping from 2004-2006. Dr. Willingham worked at the World Health Organization’s Special Program for Tropical Diseases Research and Training (TDR) based in Geneva, Switzerland from 2010-2013 where he facilitated identification and prioritization of global research needs for helminth and zoonotic diseases as well as for the thematic area of the environment, agriculture and infectious diseases, and assisted in initiating TDR’s new research program on environmental and climate change impacts on vector-borne diseases.

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Time in CEST

Chair Prof. Dr. Olivier Sparagano

Chair Introduction

10:00 - 10:10 am

Professor Olivier Sparagano

Domino effects of controlling arthropod vectors: One Health perspective

10:10 - 10:40 am

Dr. Lydia R. Leonardo

10:40 - 11:10 am

Professor Arve Lee Willingham

11:10 - 11:40 am

Q&A Session

11:40 am - 12:10 pm

Closing of Webinar

Chair Prof. Dr. Olivier Sparagano

12:10 - 12:15 pm

Relevant SI

Blood Parasites in Asia: Trends, Problems and Solutions
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Olivier Sparagano, Dr. Nighat Perveen & Dr. Santosh Thapa
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2022

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